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Wilmington College is a small, private, not-for-profit university founded in 1870. The college is located in Wilmington, OH, which is between Columbus and Cincinnati with an additional campus in Cincinnati. This prestigious college centers around an experiential learning environment so that students graduate with extensive practical experience rather than simply a theoretical education.

Overview of Wilmington College

The student body consists of 1,260 individuals with an instructor-to-student ratio of 1 to 15 and a graduation rate of 55%. Students have access to 25 degree majors, 27 minors, and 32 concentrations. The school is also home to 18 NCAA DIII sports programs, as well as 45 organizations and student clubs. And volunteering is a large part of the college experience for Wilmington students with over 8,000 hours donated during the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Art and culture are also of critical importance to the overall educational experience at Wilmington College. Both students and the community have access to a multi-million-dollar cultural arts center. Additionally, the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, alongside the Ag Department, operates a Grow Food, Grow Hope Community Gardens for families of the local community struggling with employment opportunities.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 55%
Year Founded 1870

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,260


Undergraduate Student

Male 617
Female 643

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 773
Female 877


Male 603
Female 684

Acceptance Rate78%

Male 78%
Female 78%

Enrollment 335

Male   87
Female   90
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered But Not Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Wilmington College is more expensive than public schools with an average net price (cost after financial aid) of $22,432. Both out-of-state and in-state tuition costs are $26,775 each year. Due to the high costs of the school, nearly 100% of students seek out and secure financial aid in some form. Students should prepare themselves for even further expenses of at least another $15,000 to be able to complete a degree. Such expenses include room and board, supplies, class fees, books, and others.

Students will also often require a budget for non-degree-related expenses. Most students enjoy exploring the region from time-to-time, as well as needing to travel home a few times a year. It’s also likely that they will want to enjoy the local entertainments that cost extra money. And, if program participants wish to purchase college merchandise or new clothes throughout the year, they will need an even larger budget.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $22,432
Average Total Aid $15,150
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $10,100

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $26,775
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $26,775
  • Books and Supplies - $1,100
  • Room & Board - $10,100
  • Other - $2,800


As a liberal arts college, students can expect a curriculum based on physical and social sciences, social issues, interpersonal skill development, and more. The school works to provide a well-rounded experience that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. It’s even possible to minor in peace studies, as well as participate in a special Peace Corps preparation program.

Bachelor’s degrees are available in majors including agriculture, chemistry, education, athletic training, and sports management. Students who excel in academics can pursue honors programs in a variety of degree programs. Some majors are available at Wilmington that are unavailable at most public higher learning institutions including equine business management, professional writing, religion and philosophy, social work, sustainability, and political science.

Wilmington College has a 71% retention rate with a four-year rate of graduation at 50% and a six-year rate of graduation at 55%. The graduation rates are quite low even for a private, not-for-profit college. The reason for such results could be due to the fact it is a more expensive college, or it could mean that students do not receive the necessary academic support they require to succeed.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,260

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 76 Total Graduates / 26%
Agricultural Business and Management, General 71 Graduates
Equestrian/Equine Studies 5 Graduates
All Business Majors 75 Total Graduates / 26%
Business Administration and Management, General 63 Graduates
Accounting 6 Graduates
Organizational Leadership 5 Graduates
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 1 Graduates
All Education Majors 32 Total Graduates / 11%
Education, General 32 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 32 Total Graduates / 11%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 20 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 12 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 14 Total Graduates / 5%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 8 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 14 Total Graduates / 5%
Athletic Training/Trainer 14 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 17%

Outcome & Salary

All students will have access to the Office of Career Services and a variety of events and activities to assist with the job search prior to graduation. Students will also have access to various resources, organizations, and the alumni network as a way to find even more employment opportunities.

Career services offer personalized job search strategies, a career cafe, interview clinics, dress for success tips and tricks, business card and elevator pitch preparation, career fairs, professional development tools, handshake registration, workshops, and networking skill practices. Each year, employers come to the campus to meet with students during career fairs and other career events. Potential employers host on-campus interviews on occasion. Internships are also available to all students.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $42,800
College Grads Average Salary $61,223
College Grads Mid Career Salary $77,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $612,230
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,382,230
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $89,728
10 Year Projected ROI $522,502
20 Year Projected ROI $1,292,502
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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